.......................................A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF FEATURED ARTIST AND CD REVIEWS - 1999
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. STEPHAN CAUDEL -"The Earth inn Turquoise"
Stephen Caudel was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. Regular visits to Sheffield City Hall to see touring bands such as Genesis, Yes and ELP engendered an early passion for Progressive/Symphonic Rock music. Advanced music studies at the City of Leeds College of Music provided the opportunity for Stephen to learn the complexities of orchestration which would later prove valuable in the creation of his first Rock Symphony: 'Wine Dark Sea'. "Earth in Turquoise" is a superb example of "real" instrumental symphonic rock music which falls mainly into the areas of progressive and symphonic rock. An album full of glorious guitar/keyboard based themes that will thrill and move any fan of either of the two genres - A winner for sure!...
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. INQUIRE - "Within""
To found a band in the late 90's with the musical approach of the 70's  and under the influence of bands like Yes, Genesis, Camel and ELP  among others is on the one hand a very difficult task, but on the other hand a highly interesting one. About the sense of such a project one can certainly have different opinions but everyone will certainly agree that the lack of alternatives is constantly increasing.  All members of the band had already gathered experiences with other progressive rockbands. Thomas, Dieter and Michael were long time members of  Trespass, a band which could achieve some success in the 80's and  early 90's. Robert had worked successfully with the duisburg located band Kampai and was involved in two cd recordings. A special goal of Inquire is to connect classical prog rock elements with new experimental sounds and within the compositions it can be heard from quiet and melodical parts to faster and aggressive ones. The Musicians are Dieter Cromen - Guitar & Vocals, Michael Eckert - Bass, Thomas Kohls - Drums & Percussion, Robert Köhler - Keyboards...
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More information about the Group go to INQUIRE HOME PAGE...
. IZZ  - "Silver of a Sun"
The Band started as a vehicle for five young and talented New York based musicians to freely explorer their creative ambitions. Coming from backgrounds as diverse as rock, jazz, Latin, Celtic, musical theater, and classical, Tom Galgano - Piano, Synths, Vocals, John Galgano - Guitars and Bass, Philip Gaita - Bass, Brian Coralian - Percussion, Greg DiMiceli - Percussion, share a common passion for melodic and adventurous music. For the group, there are no rules in creating music and they thrive on changing traditions. The fusion of their unique styles and personalities has resulted in a veritable arsenal of vocal and instrumental firepower. IZZ is alive with original compositions that celebrate a full spectrum of emotions. With instantly catch hooks and emotional intensity on a grand scale, IZZ fashions their music in a way that lures the listener in with their mosaic-like orchestration, every note a perfectly shaped puzzle piece...
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. KAMPAI - "Phantassmagoria"
Kampai is a german Progressive Rock-Band. Founded in 1991 by drummer Dieter Spielkamp and keyboarder Robert Koehler, the band consisted of Andre Teikhoff (vocals), Wolfgang Doehr (guitars), Robert Koehler (keys), Norbert Schroeder (bass) and Dieter Spielkamp (drums). Since then, Kampai gathered much success playing with Chandelier, Now and Wings Of Steel along with own-headlined gigs. The last full-length album entitled Phantasmagoria is incredible, recorded and mixed in june/july 1994. The Band is a mix of old bands like Camel, Eloy and others, with a personal hard rock style, excelents guitars sounds and many keyboards, the band was highly recommended by greats magazins. The new bass-player Joerg Giesen (former member of Grand Illusion) was found soon and afterwards the keyboarder Sven Bergmann. In my opinion Kampai is a band who will continue the story into the new millenium ...
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. FOUNTAIN OF TEARS - "Same"
Passionate, dynamic and expressive, the music of  Fountain of Tears is cinematic in scope and feel a powerfull Melodic Progressive Metal, and often stimulates rich visual imagery in the minds of the listener. Based in Philadelphia, Fountain of Tears consists of  Mike DiDonato on guitars, Joe Daub on drums, Erik Ney on bass, Jeff  King on keyboards, and the outstanding vocals of Anna DeRose. The project also includes vocal narration by New Zealand native Sheree Kunkle. The music of Fountain of Tears has been favorably compared to Dream Theater and Fates Warning with beautiful melodies in the vein of Sarah McLachlan. No strangers to powerful music, the individual members of Fountain of Tears have a combined total of six albums between them, and have toured the United States, Canada and Europe with their respective former bands Believer, Sacrament and Sardonyx...
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More information about the Group go to FOUNTAIN OF TEARS HOME PAGE...
. AETHER - "Visions"
AETHER is a brazilian progressive rock band, that was born in the end of the 70's, has many others names but recently (around two years) changed to this name that define very well the musical format and roots. Aether has many musical influences like Fireballet, Pink Floyd, UK and Camel. Recently the group recorded the first CD, called Visions, in independent form, that's the band payed all the costs to the realization of the CD. One of members is a electronic enginner and he has a personal completely digital studio, the songs ware record, mixed and mastered at the studio, what reduced the costs. They used many psico acoustic technics in the mixing and the final result is very impressive. Aether are: Vinicius Brazil - Acoustic, Electric, Synth Guitars and keyboards; Alberto Curi - Vocals and keyboards; Fernando Carvalho - Electric and Synth basses and keyboards; Brandon Ramos - Drums. All compositions, arrangements and production are by Aether...
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More information about the Group go to AETHER HOME PAGE...
. OSCAR CARABALLO - "Yesterday is TTomorrow"
During the first years of  his career Oscar Caraballo studied Electro-acoustic Music at the Institute of Phonologie of the Venezuelan National Youth Orchestra, Piano at the Conservatory of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Caracas and Physics at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. From 1991 to 1992 Oscar Caraballo was the Keyboard stage Manager for the Venezuelan Group Aditus. "Yesterday is Tomorrow" is a great tribute to YES one of best group from all the times, with an excellent instrumental arrangements and very well done. The tracks are: Gates of Delirium, Heart of the Sunrise, Time and a Word,  All Good People Suit, Survival, Onward, Turn of the Century, And You And I, The Ancient and Starship Trooper. This CD was inspired by the artist on his admiration for the band "Yes"...
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. MARIO NETO (Bacamarte) - "Sete Cidades"
Mario Neto started his musical studies at six years old. In 1974, with 14 years old, he decided to create a band to play his own compositions, a mix of  classic music with jazz, rock and Brazilian folk music. When talking to a friend about a name to call the band, Mario saw in a bookcase a "bacamarte" (blunderbuss) - an inutile gun, a gun that does not hurt or kill anybody, on that moment the decision was made Bacamarte would be the name of his band.  Besides Mario and Sergio, the first formation of  Bacamarte included Vinicius de Oliveira - bass, Nelson Paiva - drums and Hugo Lacerda - vocal. With this musicians, Bacamarte played in several high schools and universities festivals, achieving  great success. Now Mario Neto returned on stage within Robério Molinari - keyboards, Vitor Trope - bass and Alex Curi - drums. Musics, lyrics and arrangements by Mario Neto...
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10/10/1999............................................................More information about the Band, go to MARIO NETO HOME PAGE...
. NEXUS - "Detrás Del Umbral"
Take the haunting lyrics of Yes, a pompous sound of ELP, a Melodic Progressive Metal of Ayreon, a space sound of Pink Floyd, you can blend with 5 persons putting their all into every song, and you have a perfection, Nexus was born during the glorious 70's, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as a secret dream of a group of young schoolsboys. They are: Lalo Huber - Korg synthesizers X5, X5D, 01/W and Proophecy, Ensoniq synthesizer SQ80, Emulator Proteus modules, Roland PK5 bass & effects controller, Alesis & Roland effects processors; Carlos Lucena - Epiphone guitars, Yamaha Acoustics, Music Man, Peavey & Marshall amps, Boss ME8 multieffects processor, Roland controllers; Daniel Lanniruberto - Aria Pro II & 5 string Ibanez, SR-sseries Bass Guitars, Seymour-Duncan Pickups, Fender amps, Celestion Speaker, Korg 01/W-SD synthesizer & Roland PK5 controller; Luis Nakamura - Pearl,  Premier & Tama drumkits, Paiste & UFIP cymbals; Mariela González - Vocals. Detrás Del Umbral> is the most impressive South America Progressive Rock album in ages...
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10/24/1999.....................................................................More information about the Band, go to NEXUS HOME PAGE...
. LISTEN - "Close your Eyes and You're There"
Listen's music is a progressive fusion of Metal, Rock, Classical, Jazz and other Ethnic Flavors. Listen is concerned with performing songs with a deep meaningful lyrical content, having a balance of subjects such as science fiction, fantasy, mythology, philosophy, personal experiences and moral dilemmas. Listen are:  Darin Sutton  (Guitars and Vocals), he is a perfectionist, playing and singing abilities, his strong sense of melody and rythm is a major contribution to their music. Chris Benner (Keyboards and Vocals) use of complex chord structure and strong vocal ability, he has a formal training in music theory, he brings a unique blend of ideas to their music. Jin "Red" McAnally (Bass Guitar and Vocals), has a melodic style of Chris Squire (Yes), he gives a strong contribution to the songwriting with his knowledge of drums, guitar, piano, bass and vocals. James Harker (Drums and Vocals), Jim is constantly pushes the use of odd time signatures and complex rythms into the material. Four Friends who have decided to put together their own ideas. Special particular attention to the song "Lifecycles Symphony" with 21:33"...
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10/24/1999.........................................................................News, Pictures, MP3s and more, go to LISTEN HOME PAGE...
. QUATERNA REQUIEM - "Livre"
Quaterna Requiem is one of the best brazilian progressive rock band. The Band was born in the end of the 80's between the brothers Elisa Wiermann (Keyboards) and Claudio Dantas (Drums), Elisa Wiermann has started studie music and to play piano at seven years old. Quaterna Requiem play a combination of Camel, Banco, Genesis, ELP, Mike Oldfield and others. The first formation was Elisa Wiermann - keyboards and piano, Kleber Vogel - Violin, Jones Júnior Acoustic Guitar and Guitars, Marco Lauria - Bass Guitar and Cláudio Dantas - Drums and Percussion. "Livre" is a collection of songs linked to the two CDs "Velha Gravura" and "Quasimodo", but with a new special versions to alive performance. They also included a new song called "Triade" and a drums solo by Claudio Dantas. The show was recorded at "Scala Theatre" in 1997, with: Elisa Wiermann, Claudio Dantas,  Jose Roberto Crivano, Fred Fontes and Kleber Vogel (Ex Quaterna Requiem as a Special guest)...
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10/24/1999.................................,........Band History, Discography and more, go to QUATERNA REQUIEM HOME PAGE...
. MACHIAVEL - "Live"
Once the style was established, most countries had their own Eurock bands some those are: Eloy from Germany, PFM from Italy, Genesis and Yes from England, except Belgium, however Machiavel came from there. The first formation was Roland Degreef on bass, Marc Ysaye on Drums and Vocals, Jack Roskam on Guitar and Albert Letecheur on Keyboards. In April 1976, Machiavel released their first album called "Machiavel", after some time we can listen a new CD, including old and new song tracks in great alive performance "Summon Up Your Strenght" (from Mechanical Moonbeams), "Wisdom" (from Jester), "After The Crop"(from Mechanical Moonbeams), "Jester" (from Jester), "Cheerlesness"(from Machiavel), it is clear that this album show us the past and the present of  this Great Progressive Rock Band...
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10/24/1999........................................................Something else about this Great Band go to MACHIAVEL HOME PAGE...
. DISCIPLINE - "Live at The Orion Studios"
The members of Discipline originally met as high school students in Royal Oak, Michigan. Discipline are: Jon Preston Bouda on guitar,  Mathew Kennedy on bass, Matthew Parmenter on voice and keyboards, Paul Dzendzel on drums. You can't imagine a reunion with King Crimson, Van der Graaf Generator and also  U.K., a Eurock made in USA, with a contest between keyboards, guitars and vocals. A reunion of the best tracks from "Push and Profit" and "Unfolded Like Staircase". You will hear Discipline playing "Crutches", "The Nursery Year", "Canto IV (Limbo)",  "Carmilla", "Systems", "Into The Dream" and "Between Me and The End". DisciplineLive was recorded at Orion Studios, it's a rehearsal and recording studio located in Baltimore, Maryland. Orion Studios is also home to the Baltimore Progressive Rock...
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10/31/1999................................................Something else about this Great USA Band go to DISCIPLINE HOME PAGE...
. KOLLÁR ATTILA - "Musicall Witchcraft"
Musical Witchcraft is a solo effort by Solaris' flutist Kollár Attila. Kollár Attila has used magical lyrical elements, powerful and great  musical arrangements. He created an individual sound combining the classic, renaissance and barock music with a Solaris progresssive rock style with fresh symphonic and powerful sounds elements. Kollár Attila created a new instrumental compositions. Some members from Solaris played with hin. The Band are: Kollár Attila (Flute - Recorder - Whistle - Tambourine - Keybooards Programming), Naszádi Gábor (Acoustic Guitar), Vámos Szolt (Electric Guitar), Pócs Tamás (Bass), Bogdán Csaba (Electric Guitar), Kissazabó Gábor (Bass), Gömör László (Drums) and Erdész Róbert (Keyboards Soud and Percussion Groove). So you can hear a friendly team-work on this CD. If you like Solaris, then you will like this album, too...
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. YOKE SHIRE - "Masque of Shadows"
Yoke Shire is a Boston, Massachusetts, USA based Progressive Rock Band. They have a visual and a fantastic alive performance. The members are: Craig Herlihy - Lead and Backing Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards, Bass, Harmonica, Flute, Dulcimer, Mandolin, Bass Pedals, Theremin, Marimba and Melodihorn, Brad Dillon - Drums, Backing Vocals, Percussion and Glockenspiel, Brian Herlihy - Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Baritone guitar and Backing vocals. The Band has a trademark sound with intricate arrangements. Yoke Shire plays all the instruments both live and in the studio and takes pride in never using drum machines, sequencers, or any pre-recorded parts. The members can be seen live playing as many as two or three instruments at one time while singing. This CD has incorporated special techniques in the production. Masque of Shadows put the listener into a 3-dimensional atmosphere full of special effects...
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11/14/1999...........................................More information about this Great USA Band, Go to YOKE SHIRE HOME PAGE...
. CONTRAPPUNTO - "Subsideer"
Contrappunto is a Progressive hard rock Italian Band from Torino. A instrumental melodic with beautiful female vocals, the band have combined the power of italian classic rock with a new personal hard rock elements from 90's. A new band searching new songs of Progressive Music, passionate dynamic and expressive, the music of Contrappunto is a new revelation from 90's and to be come a new generation at new millenium. Contrappunto is Andrea Cavallo - Piano, Keyboards and Synthetizers, Sebastiano Di Paola - Electric and Acustic Guitar, Sara Arrigone - Vocals and Backing Vocals,  >Roberto Picardi - Bass and Christian Mont Anarella - Drums and Cymbals, all arrangements by Contrappunto. My special particular attention to the songs "Memories" and "In the Silence"...
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11/28/1999..................................More information about this Great Italian Band, Go to CONTRAPPUNTO HOME PAGE...
. SFUMATO - "Same"
A New German Band that was born on April, 9th 1995 with Bernd and Roger connected via an advertisement in a local newspaper. Sfumato a strange name but a great and powerfull Progressive Rock band, you can't imagine hear a mix of Jane and Novalis with a hard, aggressive, atmospheric and symphonic style from 90's. It's realy a Eurock band, Sfumato reminds me the age of the best Progressive Germany Rock Bands. Sfumato is: Marcus Dörr (Voice, Keyboards), Roger "of the Skies" Klambauer (Bass), Bernd J. Reinbold (Keyboards and backing-vocals), Jörg Schmider (Guitar), Sven "Swede" Schmidt (Drums, Percussions and backing-vocals). Special particular attention and recommendable songs "Jake The Grain" and "Paranon". The name Sfumato means a special kind of color perspective invented by Leonardo da Vinci: Backgrounds blur into the mist, shapes and contours fade in the distance, figures seem to be veiled and wrapped into haze...
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12/05/1999................................You have to check more about  this new German Band. Go to SFUMATO HOME PAGE...
. ARCHETYPE - "Hands oof Time"
Archetype a new age of music a progressive melodic with strong influences of Heavy Metal, some times Progressive with melodic sections, some times a Power Metal but with a technical quality. The Band take's it's beginning back in July, 1997 with the guitarist Chris Matyus. Is not easy to define a style but they have an excellent blend of some bands like Stratovarious, Savatage, Fates Warning, but without  keyboards, the vocal follows a line of Power Metal. Archetype is Chris Matyus - Guitars, Keith Ziegler - Drums, Jamie Still - Bass and Chyle Vagner - Vocals. Chris Matyus is the main writer. These four guys come from Ohio and show us a great power and potential to become a new band from 2000's. Archetype's 4-song EP "Hands Of Time" - "Visionary", "Dissension's Wake", "Arisen" and "Hands Of Time", all these songs are recommendables...
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12/12/1999............................................More information about this Prog Metal Band go to ARCHETYPE HOME PAGE...
. TIMESPHERE - "Tranquiility To Tempest"
The Progressive Rock Band from the Schweinfurt - Würzburg area, Germany, was founded in the fall of 1996, Philip Marienfeld (keyboards), Helmut Orian (guitars) and Tim Ruoff (guitars).  The next step was to find a good singer who matches the music: the perfect guy for that part: Chris Robinson !! One day, someone brought up the idea of recording a CD before they would go on stage. Since they had all played in different bands before, they thought that would a challenge and that they should give it a try ! At the same time they were looking real hard for a bass player and a drummer. Finally they found "drum-legend" Ralf Schirmer and the bass player Michael Flea, who added their parts to the music within a few weeks. After that, they spent a couple of months recording the tracks and some more weeks with the mix down. In 1997 they had finally made it: Timesphere CD "Tranquility To Tempest" was finished. The sounds are really awesome...
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. ELOY - "Ocean II - Thee Answer"
One of the best Progressive Rock Band from Germany, the musical concept of the group is reminiscent partly of the Greats in the classical rock scene, such as Yes or Genesis, and partly of the meditative-cosmic sound of Pink Floyd; and yet Eloy seemed to have opened up a new chapter in musical Rock History. The oldest members of the group described their style of music as a synthesis of meditation, symphony and Rock; for them, the prerequisites for truly good music are "honest, freely-developing emotions", "harmony among the musicians", positive vibrations"and "overcoming barriers of consciousness within the group". The last formation is Frank Bornemann (Lead Vocals, Guitars), Klaus Peter Matziol (Bass), Michael Gerlach (Keyboards) and now the Bodo Schopf (Drums and Percurssion). Special guests: Steve Mann - slide guitar on track 8, Susanne Schätzle - backing vocals, Tina Lux - backing vocals, Hannes Folberth - MiniMoog on track 2, Volker Kuinke - Recorder (Flute) on track 3,7 and 8, Peter Beckett and Tom Jackson - choir on track 8, Daniela Wöhler, Frederike Stübner and Susanne Moldenhauer - soprano voices on track 8, Prague Philharmonic Choir on track 8...
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. LIKE WENDY - "The storm insiide"
Somewhere in the late nineteen-eighties a group of angry young prog-lovers gathered regularly in a pub in Amersfoort (the Netherlands) to discuss the latest releases, talk about lyrics and concerts, and sometimes to take a few drinks as well. On one beautiful evening a brilliant soul came up with the idea of actually playing together. And so it came that Bert Heinen and a couple of merry men went to Haarlem (where the drummer lived) for their first rehearsals. It soon became obvious that the band as a whole was in fact quite bad (allthough they managed to record a few songs), and that Bert would be better of solo. He built a home-studio, and started to work out his ideas under the name of Like Wendy (named after the Laiquendi, a people from Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings", who were "Sometimes heard but seldom seen"). "The Storm Inside" was written and performed by multi- instrumentalist Bert Heinen under the name of Like Wendy. You'll be convinced that there is absolutely great talent in Holland that can combine Neo-Progressive Rock with classical '70's elements.
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. HELREITH - "Mémoirees"
This work was meant as a collection of stories strictly linked to the past. Their common theme, as evident in the title of the whole album, is Time. Nevertheless not simply time, but time meant as a fourth dimension by which one's memories are blurred and distorted, and finally transformed into something strongly evocative in one's mind. The most important peculiarity of the songs is their insistent reference to the past, and to a literary source. The word Mémoires, in addition, is meant to underline more heavily this last aspect, the French spelling was intentionally used to point to a collection of memories with a strongly literary character. Helreith are: Daniele Soravia ("The Druid" Keyboards), Yorick (Guitars), Luca Roggi (Drums), Alex Arcuri (Bass), Franco Violo (Vocals)...
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. BEATS WORKING - "Calm"
Beats Working were formed by John Hardman, lead guitar, keyboards and vocals. They have a combination of Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, Bad Company and guitar Influences of Yngwie Malmsteen with some touches of Barclay James Harvest, this foursome make it all sound so relaxed and easy. "Calm" is their sixth album and also one of the most impressive British rock albums in ages, with diferent styles a classic rock in all senses of the term. Beats Working are: John Hardman - Vocals, Lead Guitars and Keyboards; Lynn Sheppard - Vocals and Bass Guitar; Chris Glover - Drums and Percussion and Simon Prickett - Lead Guitars and Vocals...
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. HEADLINE - "Escape"
The Progressive Metal Band Headline was formed in october 1993 with Sylvie Grare (singer and song writer) and Didier Chesneau (Guitarist and composer, and collaboration with Sylvie Grace in the band "Escape"), Frédéric Moreau (ex-drummer of Maryline), Chistophe Babin (ex-bass guitarist of Rock InChair) and Sébastien Roland (ex-Keyboard of Kite). They put together a few songs for the Miden 94. This youthful cry of love in this primal stage nevertheles impresses and with fine tuning, is brought to maturity in July 1994. Since then, Headline just can't keep up with the radio interviews, after their stage appearance in Musique Passion at Cannes, and Music Expo in Paris, they devote july and august to a serie of concerts in the South of France. In January 1997, Phil Woindrich, keyboard, joins Headline for the recording of the album "Escape" co produced By Robert Kohlmayer (Superior, Van den Plas). Today Headline are: Sylvie Grare (Lead Vocal), Didier Chesneau (Guitar), Christophe Babin (Bass), Fréderic Moreau (Drum), Phil Woindrich (Keyboards).
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More information about this Great Prog Metal Band go to HEADLINE HOME PAGE...
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